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Jigsaw’s Tune Chrome extension filters out toxic comments

Jigsaw’s Tune Chrome extension filters out toxic comments

The Internet is something of an equal opportunity tool that empowers both the good and the bad. The anonymity it provides has encouraged frightened voices to speak up in opposition to oppressive powers but it has also emboldened less conscientious actors to say things they would never say face-to-face. That's why Alphabet's Jigsaw is working on an experimental Tune Chrome extension that lets users tune out those toxic comments for some temporary peace of mind.

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Microsoft’s hated desktop notifications are coming back to Windows 7

Microsoft’s hated desktop notifications are coming back to Windows 7

Back when Windows 10 first released, Microsoft offered free upgrades for those on Windows 7 and Windows 8. That was great, but the way it nagged users to upgrade with what felt like a stream of constant desktop pop-ups was not. If you managed to ignore those update notifications entirely and you hung on to your installation of Windows 7, get ready, because those desktop notifications are about to make a comeback.

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Windows 10 can rollback updates that prevent PC from starting

Windows 10 can rollback updates that prevent PC from starting

Windows 10 is both the best and the worst thing Microsoft has done with the operating system, though perhaps not as bad as ME and Vista. Updates and fixes rolled out faster but also meant they broke PCs sooner, sometimes with disastrous results. Even without deleting files silently, some updates may cause Windows 10 systems to be unable to startup properly. Now Microsoft may have also silently introduced a system that would uninstall such problematic updates when that time does come.

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Microsoft says 800 million devices are running Windows 10

Microsoft says 800 million devices are running Windows 10

Microsoft has updated its Windows 10 figures, saying there are now more than 800 million devices running the operating system. This is about 100 million more than the company announced last August, when it said it hit its 700 million devices milestone. The company still has a way to go before ultimately reaching its 1 billion Windows 10 devices goal, however.

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Skype on Web gets HD video calls, recording and improved notifications

Skype on Web gets HD video calls, recording and improved notifications

In addition to its desktop and mobile applications, Microsoft offers Skype on the Web, enabling users to access the service directly in their browser. In an update today, the company announced that its Skype for Web product has been updated with new features and support, including the ability to make high-definition video calls directly in Chrome and Edge.

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You need to update Chrome right now: Here’s why

You need to update Chrome right now: Here’s why

Chrome users should drop everything and update their browser immediately to version 72.0.3626.121, security experts at Google have advised, after discovering an exploit that hackers are actively taking advantage of. The browser is designed to automatically update itself in many cases of a security issue, but this particular exploit can't be fixed until Chrome is manually restarted.

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Google reports Windows 7 exploit, urges upgrade to Windows 10

Google reports Windows 7 exploit, urges upgrade to Windows 10

Contrary to expectations of dramatic corporate rivalries, it's not uncommon for companies to report bugs they found on other, even rival, companies' products. Some, however, have certain policies that those other companies might disagree with. For example, Google has irked some such companies over its 0-day exploit disclosure policy but this time, it may be doing Microsoft a favor by recommending users to upgrade to Windows 10 to stay safe.

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Google-found MacOS security issue: How you can stay safe

Google-found MacOS security issue: How you can stay safe

There's a disclosure deadline between the point at which a security flaw is revealed to a company and the revealer's public disclosure. That's how it should be, anyway. This gives time to the company to fix the flaw before the flaw becomes public and inevitably exploited by malicious entities. In today's story, Google Project Zero developers showed Apple a flaw in MacOS, and the standard 90-day disclosure deadline was exceeded.

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San Francisco, other US cities still using aging software for municipal needs

San Francisco, other US cities still using aging software for municipal needs

When just about everyone is walking around with a smartphone in their pocket that's more powerful than most desktops from ten years ago, it's easy to think that the parts of society reliant on computers are all using relatively modern tech. In reality that's far from the truth for a large number of municipal governments across the US, including the tech hub of San Francisco.

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Spectre app makes iPhone long-exposures easy with AI

Spectre app makes iPhone long-exposures easy with AI

Smartphone cameras keep edging in on traditional DSLR territory, and new iPhone app Spectre now aims to make long exposures something you do on iOS rather than demanding a full camera and tripod. It's the handiwork of the team behind Halide, one of the popular third-party camera apps for iOS.

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Windows Lite OS is Microsoft’s second try at killing Chrome OS

Windows Lite OS is Microsoft’s second try at killing Chrome OS

Windows, to a certain extent, is still the world's most-used operating system and, because of that, it is a sordid mess. Microsoft has repeatedly tried to create a "lite" version of Windows, from Windows RT to Windows 10 S, only to backtrack and eventually erase those from history. It hasn't stopped trying, though, and it might soon come out with its next stab at the problem. Currently dubbed "Lite OS", this stripped down version of Windows 10 is what Microsoft hopes will stop Chrome OS from encroaching on its turf.

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Resident Evil for Nintendo Switch see classics get dated

Resident Evil for Nintendo Switch see classics get dated

The Nintendo Switch is about to get a big Resident Evil injection. Back in October, Capcom revealed that a grand total of three Resident Evil games are coming to Switch: Resident Evil 0, 1, and 4. Today, we're learning just when all three of those titles will release, and launch day is coming up pretty fast.

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